Twenty-five years ago, a semester away from receiving my MBA, I suggested to my class that we create a program to help 300 needy kids in East Palo Alto. While my initial idea was shot-down, after class, fellow classmate Todd Yoshida, said to me, “Jenn, I thought you had a good idea,” and the Family Giving Tree was born.
I am so grateful that 22 years later, the Family Giving Tree would celebrate helping our millionth child, or that 25 years later we would fulfill more than 100,000 wishes in a year! People often ask if we ever thought the Family Giving Tree would become something so big. I can honestly say, no. That this has been an amazing journey filled with awesome volunteers and supporters who have transformed a good idea into a grass roots movement that is truly changing our community one wish at a time.
Thank you for being a part of this journey!